Politics

Editorial: Negative campaigning and being well-informed

Please vote!

Every day, my inbox is littered with vitriol from two of BC's political parties, about each other.  They're each titled "press release" but I haven't been publishing them. Perhaps that's wrong-headed of me, but I don't want to encourage the negativity.

Why am I opposed to the nastiness?  Because I want voters to vote, and to cast their votes based on rational agreement or disagreement, not based on stirred-up emotions.

Pickleball, a shake-up coming at the Regional District? Big investment for the hospital, and more

Pickleball, a shake-up coming at the Regional District? Big investment for the hospital, and more

Rossland City Council held its scheduled regular meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 6:00 pm.  Mayor Kathy Moore and Councillors Lloyd McLellan, John  Greene,  Andy Morel, Marten Kruysse, and Aaron Cosbey were all present; only Andrew  Zwicker was unable to attend.

Noisy vehicle problem:

Provincial Election: The Writs are Issued

Provincial Election: The Writs are Issued

VICTORIA– The writs have been issued for British Columbia’s 41st Provincial General Election.

“Eligible voters can vote from now until the polls close on General Voting Day,” said Keith Archer, Chief Electoral Officer. “B.C. has the most accessible voting system in Canada, and we encourage all eligible voters to cast a ballot.”

COLUMN: The moral way to distribute social wealth -- Part One

COLUMN: The moral way to distribute social wealth -- Part One

Capitalists,Liberals, Nationalists, Intellectuals

News about money

We have been treated to the spectacle this month of a half-dozen Bombardier executives planning to split 32 million dollars among themselves as bonuses, at the same time as the corporation has announced it is about to lay off 14, 000 workers worldwide.

It was also announced that the world will officially have its first trillionaire this year. No doubt we already do, we just don’t have his name.

Report: Government oversight compromised?

Is this a species at risk?  Does our government even know?

A report released recently by Evidence for Democracy shows that resource capacity and scientific independence are the most pressing scientific integrity issues within the BC government. "Evidence-based decision-making" has become the mantra of governments, but without good evidence, it's a difficult promise to deliver.

Without public transparency, no one knows whether it has been delivered.

LETTER: Canadian Federation of Students sues Selkirk College students

LETTER: Canadian Federation of Students sues Selkirk College students

Students at Selkirk College have become embroiled in a legal battle for the right to vote about their membership in a national student group, according to Selkirk College Students’ Union Director at-Large Santanna Hernandez.

“Students submitted a valid petition for a referendum on membership in the Canadian Federation of Students, but instead of holding a vote this semester, the Federation sued us to stop the process,” she said.

City seeks public input on draft 2017 budget

City seeks public input on draft 2017 budget

City council is set to unveil its 2017 draft budget at a public open house on April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Forum. The budget is only ‘proposed’ at this point, thus the purpose of the meeting is to garner public input and feedback before finalizing the document

Grant Money Allocated for Community Initiatives

cash folding money

Rossland City Council held a  Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting on April 4, 2017, to discuss the 35 applications for funding from the available "pot" of CBT's CIP dollars to be allocated by Rossland.  That pot of funding amounted to $56,008.  The amounts sought by the 35 applicants totaled $134,263 -- well over double the amount available for distribution. So not everyone could get what they wanted, as is often the case in life -- the subject of a song by the Rolling Stones long ago.

City appoints new Director of Public Works

City appoints new Director of Public Works

The City of Trail is pleased to announce that Chris McIsaac, the City’s Utilities Superintendent, has been appointed the new Director of Public Works.  Chris will assume his role new immediately and will work directly with the current Manager of Public Works, Larry Abenante, until Larry retires in May after 21 years of service with the City.

Deadline approaches for voters to register for BC Election

The deadline to pre-register of Tuesday, April 11.

Elections BC is doing its best to reach out to potential voters for the past two months with staff going door-to-door, sending out cars through the mail along with flooding the public with advertising to build up numbers for the upcoming provincial election May 9.

The deadline to pre-register of Tuesday, April 11, is slowly approaching.

Elections BC said the most of the people who still need to register are those who have turned 18 between the last provincial election and now.

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